Posts Tagged ‘Crafts’

Amy’s Notebook 09.20.17

Wednesday, September 20th, 2017

Flower Arranging source

I love these tips for arranging flowers.

Loved his book and had no idea he was considering running for office.

Here’s a list of 15 perfect fall reads.

Want to take your Insta Stories to the next level? This article might help!

This marbled banana bread recipe looks like a great way to put ripe bananas to work.

Just snagged this audiobook for my political memoir category on our reading challenge sheet.

How to breathe new life into vintage pieces. Love the tip on how to unstick sticky drawers.

Switch up your weeknight chicken with this delicious recipe. You had me at pesto.

What dinnertime looks like across the USA.

Cross-Stitched Pumpkin source

Now this looks like a fantastic way to stash bust some yarn while decorating your home.

The evolution of women in stock photography- fascinating!

I bought this clothes steamer and had no idea all the other things I can be doing with it in my home.

Perhaps, you should ponder this one in your church pew. Boom.

How much do we really believe in the possibility of human redemption?

We borrowed a tradition from a dear friend and now do roses and thorns each night around the dinner table. I love these ideas though for taking our conversations further.

Love these tips for refreshing your kitchen on any budget. I’m definitely dreaming about open shelves to replace our cabinets.

Trying this hair gadget out- fingers crossed it makes the happy list!

I love these tactics for avoiding the comparison trap.

Chai Butternut Squash Soup source

How clever to add your favorite tea to your soup. I might try that with my recipe.

Just in case Instagram and blogs are fooling you…

I had not thought about this before.

These are some fabulous tips for caring for your clothes.

If you want lipstick that stays on until you go to bed, buy yourself one in every color. It’s perfection. The word must be out because our store had nada on the shelves.

I needed to take a break from thrillers so this is the book I’m reading (and adoring) this week.

So many gorgeous details in this beautifully renovated home.

Instant Pot gluten-free spaghetti? I’m IN!

Following fashion’s fall trends? I am on board with almost all of these!

Love Anthro? Here’s how to get the look at home on a budget.

This is why we should explore crazy ideas.

I hope you enjoyed our notebook, a collection of gathered links to DIY crafts, food projects, thrifty ways to spruce up your home, and thoughtful reads. Nothing brings me more joy than to highlight other fabulous bloggers. Follow me on Pinterest for daily inspiration! Please note, there are affiliate links that do help support our site- thank you! xoxo

Amy’s Notebook 09.06.17

Wednesday, September 6th, 2017

Chickpea Shawarma Bowls source

These chickpea shawarma bowls look like a delicious and healthy lunch option.

This is so perfectly stated- I wish I could share this with everyone I love in our life right now.

Why we fell for clean eating- very interesting perspective!

Looking for your next great thriller? I read this one this week and it is fantastic!

A few tips for handling an out of control inbox. Um, yeah, I needed those!

Now this looks like a fabulous item to keep stocked in the freezer for nights we are craving takeout.

10 documentaries to dig into this weekend. These are some of my favorite couch date nights with my hubby!

Speaking of things to watch, I’m all about this one!

DIY Bath Caddy source

This looks like an easy DIY bath tray for a little extra reading time!

“That in the end, success won’t be measured by academic performance or job placement. It will have more to do with accumulating small pleasures and filling your life with those…Your future should look like the best parts of your present.” Yup, I’m crying- I needed to read this today.

These sleeves are everything!

Have you heard of the one-touch method? I’d like to try this!

This is a devastating and honest read.

Switch up your denim game this season with these six fun options. I’m discovering the beauty in a good jumpsuit!

Wow, I would have never thought of this as a sheet pan meal- yum!

Ten style tips for the month of September.

Such beautiful life lessons from one of my favorites. It makes me long for a sabbatical.

Paleo Vegan Pumpkin Spice Latte Recipe source

This paleo vegan pumpkin spice latte looks like a healthy way to sip my fall favorite.

What a great bra guide for women.

Want to really enjoy the fall foliage this fall? Check out this guide!

Wow, this is some exciting news for wine-lovers. Oh, and this too- dang!

I love seeing other people’s capsule wardrobe journeys unfold.

‘‘I would say that Teen Vogue has as much right to be at the table, talking about politics, as every young woman does in America right now.’’ What an incredible profile piece and I love watching the fresh direction the magazine is taking.

This might be a fun Saturday tradition with our kids! #throwbacksaturday

I think I could handle this microwavable breakfast idea.

I’m thinking about this equation today.

Americans have given up on public schools and that’s a mistake.

I hope you enjoyed our notebook, a collection of gathered links to DIY crafts, food projects, thrifty ways to spruce up your home, and thoughtful reads. Nothing brings me more joy than to highlight other fabulous bloggers. Follow me on Pinterest for daily inspiration! Please note, there are affiliate links that do help support our site- thank you! xoxo

 

Amy’s Notebook 08.30.17

Wednesday, August 30th, 2017

5 Grilled Cheese Ideas

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These grilled cheese combos look like a practical and delicious way to use up leftovers.

The life-changing magic of getting it together. Not sure if this is a midlife thing, but I feel all of this right now!

How we can help. How we should not help.

What a smart hack for a better lunch at the airport. I would have never thought of that!

This movie looks fascinating and important.

I’m cherishing all the moments with my children, especially the social media likes on my parenting. LOL!

I’m in love with this shift.

Don’t pack away those summer dresses just yet with these simple transitions.

Ohhh, this was very compelling.

A Better Way to  Slice  Bread

 

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Check out this idea for a better way to slice bread- it makes perfect sense.

Want to increase your creativity? This list of 10 books on increasing creativity look like a great place to start.

15 investment pieces you’ll never regret spending money on. I’m learning classic wardrobe investments always pay off!

Speaking of books, my heart is all wrapped up in this one this week. Be sure to check back on Fri-yay for my reviews on what I read this month.

This guy changed the narrative by going undercover and shares what he learned.

What blogging in 2017 really looks like. Also, if you are curious about the blogging shift (I’m just as curious and annoyed), this post does a great job of explaining it all.

The reason why most people will never be successful. This line really stood out to me, “The more successful you become, the less you can justify low quality.”

Are you guys mixing up a batch of this in your house too? This was our most visited recipe this month. Yum!

10 Favorite Salad Dressings

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I love making my own salad dressing so I’m bookmarking this list of ten dressing recipes for my salads.

I read this entire piece to my husband and it made for a great discussion. I’m working on being more unplugged so I appreciated the insights.

Speaking of unplugging, I found this piece had a lot of great advice on raising our kids with technology.

How about shaving a little time off an annoying morning routine?

These were your top purchase on the site this month. They are my FAVORITE comfy shoes- I hope you love them too!

I love renting homes and breaking in the kitchen. I’m going to keep this list of vacation meal ideas in mind.

I love this idea for a rotation system in your home.

20 ways to make your workday more simple- great advice!

I’m twinkle light obsessed and love this idea for how to hang them in your backyard. So smart!

I hope you enjoyed our notebook, a collection of gathered links to DIY crafts, food projects, thrifty ways to spruce up your home, and thoughtful reads. Nothing brings me more joy than to highlight other fabulous bloggers. Follow me on Pinterest for daily inspiration! Please note, there are affiliate links that do help support our site- thank you! xoxo

 

 

Amy’s Notebook 08.23.17

Wednesday, August 23rd, 2017

Craft Closet Makeover

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Be wowed by this craft closet makeover!

What a fun spin on meatballs for a weeknight meal.

“Many of us have the belief that if something’s important to us, then we should worry about it. Or that worry makes me a good person. We don’t need to worry to make us good people.”- a compelling piece on our anxiety about world issues.

10 things introverts can do to lead a happier life- I love these tips!

How cute are these?

Here are some tips for the cozy minimalist!

This made me LOL- I’m looking like the pic on the right too!

Tips for making your drapes look custom without that high price tag!

How to be the successful friend without being a snob- these are great reminders to not make it awkward!

Dorm room decorating goals with this post. Impressive DIY bed too!

Life-changing queso recipe? Looks like a perfect weekend snack for this family!

I bought my first piece for the fall capsule!

Copycat Krispy Kreme doughnuts

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Check out this copycat Krispy Kreme doughnut recipe- they look soooo good!

Do you freelance? I want to print these out so I can feel accomplished at my job!

99% of people who join multilevel-marketing companies lose money. Depending on how you look at it, it’s either a brilliant business model or a predatory practice—or a little bit of both.”

How to build a snack board to dazzle your friends- love the Bloody Mary tip on this!

I’ve never heard of mojo sauce, but now I need it in my life stat.

Amen, Ina, AMEN.

I just started this book and I think it will give me a lot to think about. Have you read it?

I love, love, love these beautiful touches in this bathroom makeover.

4 ways white parents can support black parents in times of injustice.

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I love these strategies for a more productive workweek. This is something I am working on too!

This would be a fabulous brunch with girlfriends, wouldn’t it?

Here are some ways to nail your meal prep game.

Understand the difference between racism, discrimination, and bigotry.

Have you picked up bullet journaling? This was an interesting piece about it!

The book stack keeps growing with these fall suggestions.

Forget the doughnuts (hahaha!), check out this awesome list of Whole30 snack ideas.

Being on the wrong side of the evangelical machine is terrifying and punitive.” That one took a lot of bravery and I can’t wait to read her book!

I hope you enjoyed our notebook, a collection of gathered links to DIY crafts, food projects, thrifty ways to spruce up your home, and thoughtful reads. Nothing brings me more joy than to highlight other fabulous bloggers. Follow me on Pinterest for daily inspiration! Please note, there are affiliate links that do help support our site- thank you! xoxo

 

 

Amy’s Notebook 08.16.17

Wednesday, August 16th, 2017

Garlic Herb Chicken With Zucchini

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I’m always looking for new one pan dishes and this garlic herb chicken with zucchini looks like a weeknight winner!

8 ways to help after Charlottesville. Also, this piece was great on talking through it all with your kids.

I won’t lie, I could eat this every single day and be very happy.

Stumped on how to mix patterns in your home? I loved this guide to perfecting the pattern mix.

Oh, I needed this laugh today.

Three types of friends you might need to break up with. Great advice for a better #girlsquad!

Did you hear about this new app?

This is just genius- I love how people make the most of small spaces!

How to experience the total eclipse from your living room.

Small Space Movie Night

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Who needs a theater room? I love this idea for making the most of small spaces!

I had no idea that Amazon sold wine- here are 5 of the best affordable bottles!

I love, love, love colorful homes.

This is haunting, isn’t it?

I’ve been enjoying this book a lot.

I can absolutely see how this happens. In fact, I think it happens more than we realize.

“Start with what you have, not with what you want.”- I want to live like this always.

I think you should read this.

I thought this had some great advice if you are packing gluten-free lunches for your kiddos.

Cheesy Broccoli Cheddar Chicken & Rice Bowls

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Put cheese on just about any veggie and I’m in. I love this spin on a good old-fashioned casserole.

Perfectionism, procrastination, paralysis- yes. This was a good read if you are in that awful cycle too.

This is your best defense against bad vibes.

I love these tips on adding removable wallpaper to a room.

Ohhhh, can’t wait to see this movie! And this one. And this one. And this one.

Putting together my capsule so I gathered a few of my favorite capsule pieces this year over here.

I hope you enjoyed our notebook, a collection of gathered links to DIY crafts, food projects, thrifty ways to spruce up your home, and thoughtful reads. Nothing brings me more joy than to highlight other fabulous bloggers. Follow me on Pinterest for daily inspiration! Please note, there are affiliate links that do help support our site- thank you! xoxo

Amy’s Notebook 08.09.17

Wednesday, August 9th, 2017

Grilled Caprese Zucchini source

This grilled caprese zucchini looks like a great way to put summer produce to work.

What happens when you say, “call me,” in response to emails you receive.

I think you should read this.

Now this is a ruffle sleeve I can get behind.

Love the addition of Greek yogurt to yield a juicier turkey burger- must try!

This bad habit is the reason why you can’t focus. I loved this passage, “Much like slow food, slow living is the world’s response to fast living, and its gospel encourages finding enjoyment outside of online life, urging participants to take the time to truly consider their relationships with others and the world around them. As the movement grows, FOMO is inspiring an opposite reaction of its own: FOBO – fear of burning out.”

Turn a bottle of rosé into four weeknight meals.

I love peeking at what other people are reading this summer. I added a few of these books to my library wish list!

Why not just give people money? I’m a big fan of no-strings attached giving.

Tiny House Kitchen

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This tiny house kitchen is dreamy. I refuse to give up on my tiny house dreams!

Are you an HSP too? I could identify almost 100% with these.

20 dinner ideas you can prep & make-ahead on Sunday.

Love this idea for this app- LOL!

Excited to finally dig into this read- it looks like a fantastic escape.

My husband has strong feelings about this font.

How to quickly become happier with these ten tips.

Want to add a little style to your bookshelves? I found this post really inspiring.

Paper Chain Wall Hanging

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Do you remember making paper chains in school? This is the coolest paper chain display I’ve ever seen.

Want to raise kind kids? Check out this idea!

How to throw away the memories our kids leave behind- love the bin idea for time to process.

Really geeking out about this movie news.

I loved hearing your tips on this topic. Sometimes just hearing, “me too,” brings relief, doesn’t it?

I’m agreeing with with a lot of these selections on the best books of 2017 (so far!).

I am always on the hunt for the perfect white tee- what a great guide!

I still have a few of these tucked away from my note exchanges with my hubby. Just might need to pick that habit back up!

Let black kids just be kids- a compelling piece I shared with my family this week.

I really need to pick up a tea habit. I did not know the benefits of this tea.

We are starting to get quite the hat collection over here so I loved this diy hat rack for small spaces.

I hope you enjoyed our notebook, a collection of gathered links to DIY crafts, food projects, thrifty ways to spruce up your home, and thoughtful reads. Nothing brings me more joy than to highlight other fabulous bloggers. Follow me on Pinterest for daily inspiration! Please note, there are affiliate links that do help support our site- thank you! xoxo

Amy’s Notebook 06.28.17

Wednesday, June 28th, 2017

Low Carb BLT

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This low carb BLT looks like just the ticket to satisfy my favorite sandwich craving.

How wheelchair accessibility ramped up. Many, many things I had not thought about!!

Have you heard of this? I had no idea they are doing this too- I mean, do they do everything now?

This looks like the perfect summer drink, doesn’t it?

I added this to my health regime (two ounces a day) after reading so much on the benefits of this. REALLY excited about it and it has been filtered to taste like water- no bitter taste at all!

I love this weekend project idea. Can you imagine what that might mean to someone?

How top performers practice- a really thoughtful piece, particularly if you have a child practicing an instrument!

Do African Americans have the right to bear arms? I’ve been thinking about this a lot this week after the tragic shooting of Philando Castile.

Holy moly! How exciting is this news?

Switch up your Taco Tuesday with this recipe- yum!

 

2 Step Bun

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Even the hair-challenged (like me!) can master this 2-step bun for summer.

How to prevent activism burnout. Love these tips to keep the fires lit!

This headboard is EVERYTHING!!

This cake-cutting technique is genius. Can’t wait to try it on our next upcoming birthday party!

Want to make your swimsuit last longer? Try these laundering tips.

I’m eyeing these velvet chairs for our home. Cannot believe that price for a little luxe!

Growing a lot of zucchini this summer? This sandwich looks like a fun way to put it to work!

This is, perhaps, one of the most fascinating reads I have read on genetics.

What a smart way to transform an old table. I would have never thought of that!

Ladder Garden

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I love this idea to transform an old ladder into a beautiful plant display for the backyard. So smart!

Have you heard of this app? Bookmarking this since I struggle with remembering ALL THE THINGS.

Can’t wait to dig into this book over the holiday weekend!

Speaking of relaxing over the holidays, I’m loving this grown-up summer bucket list.

Avoiding grains, but still craving a sweet treat? This grain-free berry crisp looks like summer in a bowl.

I cannot wait to see this film next month!!

A real-life guide to buying wine- there are some really smart questions to ask to get the best bottle.

Pulled pork in the pressure cooker would be a fab main dish for the 4th. I also loved these 4th BBQ celebration ideas.

Speaking of the 4th, what kid wouldn’t flip for this inventive s’mores combo?

I hope you enjoyed our notebook, a collection of gathered links to DIY crafts, food projects, thrifty ways to spruce up your home, and thoughtful reads. Nothing brings me more joy than to highlight other fabulous bloggers. Follow me on Pinterest for daily inspiration! Please note, there are affiliate links that do help support our site- thank you! xoxo

Amy’s Notebook 06.21.17

Wednesday, June 21st, 2017

 

 

chicken fajita sheet pan meal

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This chicken fajita sheet pan meal looks like a great one to serve a crowd.

“It would be an exaggeration to say that the upper-middle class is full of gluten-avoiding, normal-BMI joggers who are only marginally more likely to smoke a cigarette than to hit their children,” Reeves writes. “But it would be just that—an exaggeration, not a fiction.” Wow, this is a compelling piece on social class! Do you think we have become a class-based society?

If you workout in the heat, this tip might save you from feeling sluggish.

I love a good personality test.

Swooning over this gorgeous baby shower. That balloon display is everything.

The more I deal with my chronic pain, the more my eyes are opened to shady pharmaceutical practices.

Speaking of that, this is why I am reading this book this week and, once again, my eyes are opened to a broken system.  Yup, I’m on a soapbox right now.

“The very Evangelicals who’ve spent that last 50 years in this country demonizing those who reject Jesus—are the single most compelling reason for them to do so. “ My thoughts exactly!

I adored this piece on raising a teenage girl. Ah, the things to look forward to!
Receipt & Coupon Organization

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I love these strategies for organizing receipts and coupons so you can actually find them. The pocket for loyalty cards is so smart!

5 mistakes to avoid when grilling chicken. Noted!

TV adaptations must figure out when to go by the book- really interesting read from a producer’s point of view.

Summer is the season of smelly towels. I’m bookmarking these tips to take the stink out of them.

Have you thought about going vertical with your garden? This gathering of ideas has me feeling inspired!

How good are you at letting others help you? Me? Notsomuch.

I had no idea that this is the proper way to store a tomato. Time to do some flipping!

Washi Tape Umbrellas

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I want to have my friends over just so I can make these adorable washi tape umbrellas.

This was big news and this article explains some of the possible motives for the acquisition. Do you think you will use this service?

If you are a magazine subscriber, check out this deal this week. 3 magazine subscriptions (priced at $4.69) for just $12!! Use coupon code 3FOR12 at checkout. My beach bag is going to be really happy this year!

The Thanksgiving episode of Master of None is one of the most compelling pieces of television I’ve ever watched. Read this interview to get the behind-the-scenes scoop.

Follow this formula for perfectly composed salads. Love these combos! Check out this post too for more ideas.

Oh, man! All the LOL’s. #eatyourwords

I love this reminder to stop schedule shaming. Busy people don’t equal important people.

Looking for the perfect ruffle shift? This one fits the bill perfectly!

Want to stay up until the wee hours with a read you just can’t put down? Get this and enjoy a gorgeous love story!

What a smart way to build and cultivate an affordable community for everyone.

Hairpin Leg Breakfast Tray

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Love the addition of hairpin legs to turn a serving platter into a breakfast tray.

Oh, I do love a good tuna salad sandwich in the summertime.

How cute is this DIY skewer soiree for the 4th? I love it for easy entertaining!

These 5 no-heat hairstyles look perfect for summer.

These lessons on money make for a great read and reminder.

Get your tissues out and read this beautiful piece on fatherhood.

This is a gorgeous hallway makeover for under $100. Love the temporary fix of painting dated linoleum.

I hope you enjoyed our notebook, a collection of gathered links to DIY crafts, food projects, thrifty ways to spruce up your home, and thoughtful reads. Nothing brings me more joy than to highlight other fabulous bloggers. Follow me on Pinterest for daily inspiration! Please note, there are affiliate links that do help support our site- thank you! xoxo

 

Amy’s Notebook 06.14.17

Wednesday, June 14th, 2017

No Churn Ice Cream

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I can’t wait to try this recipe for no churn ice cream- yum!

“It is impossible to be good with money when you don’t have any.” Please read this piece on why the poor stay poor.

If you are struggling, it looks like Amazon Prime wants to help.

Feeling a little brain dead in the summer? Here are some suggestions for ways to use your brain!

Look like a pro chef with this fidget spinner technique.

Have you seen this movie yet? We watched it and it was EXCELLENT! Highly recommend!

Here’s how to clean those stove burners without a lot of scrubbing.

How gorgeous are these diy pool floats? I’m in love!

This looks like a great summer reading list.

This was your top purchase this week- what a steal!

Now this recipe looks like a great way to use up watermelon for a summer cocktail.

What a great way to build a playlist for your next gathering.

I love these ideas for budget-friendly kitchen upgrades.

Smoothie Prep

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I love these fun combos for make-ahead smoothie prep.

Looking for a steamy summer read? Turn on the A/C and read this like me this week.

I hope you bought an Instant Pot because this recipe looks like a picnic & potluck game changer!

I wasn’t familiar with this health care option for families.

We love doing outdoor movies in the backyard. Check out this setup for an outdoor screen. Genius!

I’m loving the pom pom details on maxi dresses. This one has certainly caught my eye!

I’m blown away by this sunroom makeover.

The case for a high protein diet. Very interesting!

Omg! This looks hilarious!

Patriotic Porch

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What a festive and fun patriotic porch!

Oh, I do love my comma! This made me laugh!

Concerned about climate change? Me too! Here are some real ways that we can do our part.

Sign me up for this delicious summer side!

This really spoke to me about this new life stage.

How cute would these be for a summer party?

Bookmarking this gorgeous kitchen makeover for design inspiration when we finally take the plunge!

“How do I deal with a negative person in my life?” There are some good answers over here if you are struggling.

I love a good affordable lunch so I’m looking forward to browsing through the comments on this post.

I hope you enjoyed our notebook, a collection of gathered links to DIY crafts, food projects, thrifty ways to spruce up your home, and thoughtful reads. Nothing brings me more joy than to highlight other fabulous bloggers. Follow me on Pinterest for daily inspiration! Please note, there are affiliate links that do help support our site- thank you! xoxo

 

 

Amy’s Notebook 05.24.17

Wednesday, May 24th, 2017

Patio Tile

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This patio makeover is stunning. I am especially loving the tile in this space!

These are wonderful tips for capturing your teen through photography.

Who knew reading was so dangerous?

Speaking of reading, looking forward to diving into this book and this book this week!

Wow, what a powerful photography project this was.

What a smart gift to give yourself when coming home from vacation.

If I had one Hollywood crush, it would be this guy.

Gluten-Free Bread for One

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I had no idea you could make gluten-free bread for one. I can’t wait to try this recipe!

This was your top purchase this month. I hope you are scratching a ton of states off!

Slower reader? That’s okay- here’s a minimalist summer reading guide.

These recipes look amazing to get your diet back on track.

This trailer looks so good- two of my favorites in one film!

This fulfills all my tiny house dreams.

I am afflicted with this and it drives me crazy sometimes (warning, language!)

Chicken Pesto Bake

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Definitely adding this chicken pesto bake to our menu planner. Yum!

How adorable is this mail holder? I will say, I’m still REALLY loving this solution we found!

Dying laughing- avoid the crescent rolls.

I really want to try this to help quiet my mind. I’ll keep you posted on if I can actually do it!

When the gospel of minimalism collides with daily life.

I am pretty sure that this is going to be my new favorite show when it hits television.

I hope you enjoyed our notebook, a collection of gathered links to DIY crafts, food projects, thrifty ways to spruce up your home, and thoughtful reads. Nothing brings me more joy than to highlight other fabulous bloggers. Follow me on Pinterest for daily inspiration! Please note, there are affiliate links that do help support our site- thank you! xoxo